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High School Students To Be Honored With "Students Rock" Award

Plainville High School students Amanda Catalano and Hector Rivas have been named the first recipients of the "Students Rock" award, recognizing their outstanding contributions to Plainville High School, according to faculty member Maria Colangelo. In seeking a way to honor students who "do the right thing every day", the Plainville High School Mentoring Committee, comprised of high school faculty members, created the Students Rock award. According to the nomination guidelines created by the committee, students to be considered for the award must: assume responsibility for their behavior, contribute to the school and community, and appreciate the benefits of a physically, emotionally and socially healthy lifestyle. "It is a pleasure to honor Amanda and Hector. Amanda is an inspiration; Hector is a gentleman every day. We are proud to have these exceptional young people as part of our Plainville High family," said Colangelo.

Catalano, a senior, was nominated by Colangelo and fellow high school faculty member Kelly Lyons. She is described as being polite and respectful, always smiling and pleasant to other students and staff. In addition, she registered for a non-required course demonstrating her dedication to her studies, and was dubbed an "inspiration" to fellow students.

Rivas, a junior, was nominated by high school faculty members Josh Zalaski and Chris Farrell. According to his nomination materials, he is outstanding, thorough, polite, and always willing to help others. He has volunteered in the school nurse’s office as well as a local hospital, and is taking extra courses in cardiology. Rivas' nomination noted that, "if you don't know him, you are surely missing out."
Catalano, Rivas and their families will be honored on January 12 at the high school faculty meeting, where they will be recognized as the first recipients of the Students Rock Award.

"This new award heightens the awareness for students about being good citizens. Hector and Amanda are two excellent students and citizens, and PHS is proud that they are our first recipients of this Mentoring Program award. They are great examples of why the students at Plainville High School 'rock'," added Plainville High School Principal, Greg Ziogas.

-Posted on December 16, 2009 at 04:07 PM

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